Scott Brown Could be our 41st Vote in the Senate!

Mitt Romney issued a fund raising letter on behalf of Scott Brown. Mitt has already endorsed Scott Brown and held at least one event on his behalf. If you aren’t familiar with the situation in Massachusetts, here’s the lowdown: When Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, state lawmakers changed the law so Governor Romney couldn’t appoint a senator should John Kerry win the Presidential election and his Senate seat become vacant. Once Romney left and it became apparent that Ted Kennedy was in his last days, state lawmakers and current MA Governor Deval Patrick scrambled to change the law again in a blatant political move to give the Democrats in the United States the 60th vote they’ve needed so badly.

With the election only 21 days away, we need to give Scott Brown as much support as we can. If Scott Brown wins, the Democrats lose their filibuster-proof majority and Republicans get the 41st vote they need so dearly to protect the country from the dangerous over-reaches of Harry Reid and the Democrats in the Senate.

Click Here to Contibute to Scott Brown for US Senate

Here is Mitt’s letter:

Dear Friend,

I hope you are enjoying the holidays and let me take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year!

This is going to be an exciting year politically. Republicans stand to make significant gains in Senate, House, and gubernatorial contests around the country. But before we get to the 2010 mid-term elections, there’s something brewing in Massachusetts.

A special election to replace Ted Kennedy in the United States Senate will be held on January 19th. State Senator Scott Brown is running a determined campaign to make history by becoming the first Republican Senator from Massachusetts since Edward W. Brooke 30 years ago.

Scott’s election would shock the country and send a strong message that business as usual in Washington is coming to an end. He would bring badly-needed fiscal restraint to an out-of-control budget process that is adding trillions of dollars to our national debt.

If he is successful, Scott will be the crucial 41st vote against President Obama’s healthcare bill when it comes back to the Senate for final passage.

As Governor, I could always count on Scott’s vote in the Legislature in the fight against higher taxes and wasteful spending. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard and understands the importance of a strong national defense. He’s opposed to cap and trade, wants strict limits on spending and is in favor of broad-based tax cuts to get our economy moving.

I hope you will visit Scott’s website and consider helping him with a donation.

There are only 22 days left until the special election in Massachusetts. Wouldn’t it be nice to elect a fiscal conservative to Ted Kennedy’s seat in the United States Senate?

Sincerely,

Mitt Romney

Now, you may be asking yourself how a conservative Republican like Scott Brown who is loved by the Tea Party patriots could possibly win in liberal Massachusetts. First of all, remember that Mitt won a statewide election for governor in Massachusetts, so a true conservative can win. It just takes a candidate that is far superior to his opponent and a little bit of good fortune. As seen at Scott Brown Goes Viral, we may have a perfect storm on our hands to win this election and really send a message to Washington that business as usual is coming to an end. If the Democrats lose this seat, it will be such a bruising blow that I find it incomprehensible that they wouldn’t halt many of their more radical proposals.

So, here are some ways we can help:

1. We can support Scott Brown on his social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube listed at BrownforUSSenate.com

2. We can donate to his campaign and/or sign up for his January 11th moneybomb at Red Invades Blue Moneybomb

3. We can forward this post to as many other people as we can.

Scott Brown’s website has even more ways to help. With your help, we can remind Washington that they work for us!

UPDATE: Veterans for Scott Brown


“Radical Islamic terrorists are this century’s darkest nightmare. My opponent, Martha Coakley and I have very different views on how to approach this threat. When dealing with terrorists our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop these terrorists – not lawyers to defend them. The Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation and its citizens. They do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime.” ~ Senator Scott Brown, Lieutenant Colonel MA Army National Guard (30 yrs)

Happy New Year from Scott Brown, daughters Arianna and Ayla

Support Scott Brown by joining the Brown Brigade www.BrownBrigade.ning.com and the mobile campaign by texting BROWN to 68398.

Possible Senate Vote on Health Care Tomorrow - Can Republicans Successfully Filibuster?

A couple of weeks ago the House passed PelosiCare, now it seems the Senate is ready to take a test vote on their own 2000+ page HarryCare-y bill. The test vote, otherwise know as a cloture vote, will determine whether the bill will be brought to the Senate floor, where it will almost certainly be passed. Senator Harry Reid has called for the vote to take place Saturday night at 8 PM.

The Democrats have 58 seats in the Senate, plus there are 2 Dem caucusing Independents. A full 60 votes is required for cloture, so all 60 will be required to bring it to debate. Several Democrats have registered their opposition to the bill based on their aversion to the pro abortion or pro public option elements. The bill is forever changing in order to garnish just enough votes. I couldn’t even tell you what it has in it, as I’ve heard conflicting reports on a daily basis: The public option is in, now it’s out, now it’s called the community option… etc. Whether or not the Senate bill has a clause to prevent federal funding of abortion the House will attempt to re-insert it when it goes to a joint committee to iron out the wrinkles between the two bills.

In any case this bill is bad for health care, bad for our economy, bad for the individual rights and liberties of U.S. citizens. This bill must be defeated!

Here’s what we need to do: GOP.com has identified 9 Democrat Senators who have signaled opposition to the HarryCare-y bill. These Senators, though opposed to the bill, may essentially allow it to pass by voting for cloture. We need to let them know that a vote for cloture is a vote for the actual bill.

Call these Senators and tell them to vote no on cloture on the health care bill Saturday night.

Update: GOP.com further identifies Senators Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson (listed below) as “critically important to defeating Saturday’s vote.” Give them special attention.

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What is a filibuster? From Wikipedia:

The term first came into use in the United States Senate, where Senate rules permit a senator, or a series of senators, to speak for as long as they wish and on any topic they choose, unless a 3/5ths of the Senate (60 out of 100 Senators elected and sworn), brings debate to a close by invoking cloture. (For changing of senate rules the pre-1975 rule of a super-majority of senators present, i.e. 67 senators at most, is still used).

In current practice, Senate Rule 22 permits filibusters in which actual continuous floor speeches are not required, although the Senate Majority Leader may require an actual traditional filibuster if he or she so chooses. This threat of a filibuster where no floor speech and no quorum is required may, therefore, be more powerful than an actual filibuster, which would require attendance by a quorum of Senators as well as the physical presence of the Senators speaking.

Previously, the filibustering senator(s) could delay voting only by making an endless speech. Currently, they only need to indicate that they are filibustering, thereby preventing the Senate from moving on to other business until the motion is withdrawn or enough votes are gathered for cloture.

Preparations for a traditional filibuster can be very elaborate. Sometimes cots are brought into the hallways or cloakrooms for senators to sleep on. While in a filibuster the senator talking must remain in the same spot and is only allowed to filibuster twice in a legislative day. A legislative day lasts until the debate is adjourned, which can take days. According to Newsweek:

They used to call it ‘taking to the diaper,’ a phrase that referred to the preparation undertaken by a prudent senator before an extended filibuster. Strom Thurmond visited a steam room before his filibuster in order to dehydrate himself so he could drink without urinating. An aide stood by in the cloakroom with a pail in case of emergency.

Filibusters have become much more common in recent decades. Twice as many filibusters took place in the 1991-1992 legislative session as took place in the entire nineteenth century.

~Nate G.